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The Hall papers include personal journals written in 1920 during a European tour. (Some choice entries include descriptions of the Follies Bergere, WWI trenches, and a dinner party at the mansion of Lord Leverhulme's --the founder of Lever Brothers.). There are scores of newspaper articles ranging from interviews with notables of the day ( e.g., Eddie Cantor, Alfred Adler), science pieces (e.g.," Men's vs. Women's Brains;" "Bald Birds Luckier Than Men"), and sob sister pieces (e.g. "A Sob Sister Speaks Out;" "Starr Faithfull in Death"). During that era, newspapers typically inflated staff numbers by having reporters use different bylines.. Sometimes her articles appear with her name; sometimes they appear under pseudonyms. She saved them all in albums. Because the clippings were crumbling, I had them reproduced on conservation paper. Narrative detailing her homesteading experience. Dissertation and journal article, i.e., "Sex-Role Preference Among Children of Upper and Lower Social Class." Personal correspondence with family members .
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marjory Belisch Hall Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Marjory Belisch Hall was born in 1905 in Austin, Texas. Her maternal grandfather immigrated from Eastern Europe during first half of 19th century, A veteran (Confederate) of the Civil War, he was a founder of the first Austin synagogue and a business entrepreneur. After her graduation from the University of Texas, she came to New York City and worked for several newspapers (The Brooklyn Eagle, The New York American) in the 1920s and 1930s. After the death of her husband in the 1940s, she moved from NYC to a rural area, bought a parcel of land and became a homesteader. In the1950s, she started a graduate school program in psychology. In the 1960s, she earned a Ph.D.from Claremont Graduate School. Her graduate research focused on the the as-yet unnamed field of Gender Studies.